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Colts work out quarterback Andy Dalton

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Quarterback is far from the first position the Colts need to upgrade in this year’s NFL draft. But they appear to be giving serious consideration to taking a passer with a high pick.

Colts G.M. Chris Polian and coach Jim Caldwell had a private workout with TCU quarterback Andy Dalton on Monday, and the Indianapolis Star reports that the Colts are serious about upgrading the backup quarterback position (currently manned by Curtis Painter) in the short term, and grooming Peyton Manning’s successor in the long term.

Most mock drafts have Dalton going somewhere in the first half of the second round, which would mean that if the Colts are serious about him, they might have to take him with their first-round pick. I’d love to see the look on Manning’s face if Roger Goodell steps up to the podium on draft day and announces that the Colts have selected a quarterback with their first-round pick. I imagine Manning’s face would look a lot like it looked when Caldwell called his ill-fated timeout in the final minute of the Colts’ playoff loss to the Jets.

(Manning is actually an unrestricted free agent, and depending on the outcome of the ongoing labor dispute, it’s possible that the Colts won’t be able to use the franchise tag to keep Manning. But I’m operating under the assumption that Manning will sign a new contract after the lockout ends and remain a Colt for at least a few more years.)

But while Manning likely wouldn’t be thrilled, if the Colts think Dalton is a future star, they should draft him. Manning is 35 years old. When the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre was 35 years old. That decision caused the Packers plenty of rocky moments, but it ultimately turned out to be a very wise choice.

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22 Responses to “Colts work out quarterback Andy Dalton”
  1. commoncents says: Apr 5, 2011 9:13 AM

    picking a QB in the first round when you have your franchise QB already is a really slippery slope.

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 5, 2011 9:13 AM

    It’d be a complete waste of a pick… unless they’re planning on only extending Manning’s contract by 4 years.

  3. buffalohogan says: Apr 5, 2011 9:18 AM

    I would love to see the Colts without a Manning…they are a 4 win team without him; and the Bills/Browns/etc are a playoff team with him.

  4. hendawg21 says: Apr 5, 2011 9:19 AM

    Sorry Indy but in my mock draft Dalton goes to the Skins in the second round…

  5. jw731 says: Apr 5, 2011 9:25 AM

    The irony is…..Dalton has won only one less SuperBowl than Peyton, and the same amout as Marino, and hasn’t been drafted yet……..Go Figure

  6. mightymightylafootball says: Apr 5, 2011 9:43 AM

    Manning is finished – washed up and worn out, I say!!!

    Also, Al Davis and Dan Snyder are a savy owners, the Cowboys are perfectly functional w/ no issues at all, and Cam Newton is a sound, safe pick.

    Pu-leese…

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 5, 2011 9:51 AM

    @hendawg21

    No one cares about your mock draft.

  8. hendawg21 says: Apr 5, 2011 10:19 AM

    Well:

    pooflingingmonkey says:
    Apr 5, 2011 9:51 AM
    @hendawg21

    No one cares about your mock draft.

    @pooflingingmonkeyarse:

    what are you a Colt fan??? don’t hate…

  9. ggeden says: Apr 5, 2011 10:25 AM

    Interesting topic. It’s all about a franchise QB to get on the road to wins and decade-long time in the playoff sun. It’s good diligence by the Colts, and if they do indeed select a QB high, I don’t think any NFLN/ESPN draft analysts should be criticizing it. Polian is one of the best there is. And whenever Painter has stepped in, it’s highlighted how tenuous the Colts are situated if anything should happen to Manning – injury or Favre-like loss of form.

  10. toe4 says: Apr 5, 2011 10:27 AM

    The Colts would be smart to work out all of the quarterbacks and pick up a slider with potential in the 2-4 rounds either this year or next.

  11. thefiesty1 says: Apr 5, 2011 10:31 AM

    Fantastic! A great choice for when Peyton retires. People don’t give enough credit to TCU players. Remember what LT did in San Diego. Dalton is as good or better than the other QB’s in this years’ draft.

    Also, don’t overlook Jeremy Kerley. A lot of teams will wish they had him, too.

  12. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    “That decision caused the Packers plenty of rocky moments, but it ultimately turned out to be a very wise choice.”

    A wise choice, but horribly mismanaged by Ted Thompson and his PR staff.

  13. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    “That decision caused the Packers plenty of rocky moments, but it ultimately turned out to be a very wise choice.”

    A wise choice, but horribly mismanaged by Ted Thompson and his PR staff. They should have looked to the Eagles to see how it’s done right.

  14. hendawg21 says: Apr 5, 2011 11:26 AM

    The Manning boys are done just like the Colts and the Giants…

  15. p4ck3r5 says: Apr 5, 2011 11:47 AM

    If they think he can become a star then do it, but if they have any kind of doubts, dont do it!

  16. blkmanwtan says: Apr 5, 2011 12:11 PM

    I am a believer that Manning and Brady’s times are up.

    These two have been playing lousy football in the playoffs.

    Why let these two players ruin your franchise? Patriots should draft Ponder
    Colts should draft Dalton.

    This isn’t 1998 or 2000 it is 2011!

  17. oldbyrd says: Apr 5, 2011 12:36 PM

    Not gonna happen!! N E X T

  18. CKL says: Apr 5, 2011 12:53 PM

    blkmanwtan…
    I LOATHE Peyton in every possible way and I am a Pats fan but Peyton has NOT played poorly in his past few playoff games (minus the ehhh performance in his last SB). Brady has had two absolutely dreadful playoff games his past 2 so I won’t argue that.
    They are both at the point in their careers that their teams would be wise to start keeping an eye out for their future QB, but DONE? I think not.

  19. moth25 says: Apr 5, 2011 1:24 PM

    jw731 says:
    Apr 5, 2011 9:25 AM
    The irony is…..Dalton has won only one less SuperBowl than Peyton, and the same amout as Marino, and hasn’t been drafted yet……..Go Figure

    Wait…I’ve won only one less SuperBowl than Peyton, and the same amount as Marino…is it too late for me to declare for the draft?

  20. blkmanwtan says: Apr 5, 2011 2:34 PM

    Manning and Brady: GO HOME AND BE A FAMILY MAN!

  21. granadafan says: Apr 5, 2011 4:09 PM

    Somehow I don’t see Peyton becoming a crybaby who absolutely refuses to have anything to do with or mentor his future replacement like a certain diva QB. Peyton also doesn’t have his own dressing room, nor will he be texting Colts employees pictures of his junk.

  22. axespray says: Apr 5, 2011 11:14 PM

    Wisconsin77 says:
    Apr 5, 2011 10:59 AM
    “That decision caused the Packers plenty of rocky moments, but it ultimately turned out to be a very wise choice.”

    A wise choice, but horribly mismanaged by Ted Thompson and his PR staff.

    —————————^

    Ted doesn’t get paid to be a a PR person, he gets paid to make smart discisions, with or without praise.

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